Fix the school system

Fix the school system

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Danny Kenn started this petition to America's schools

The school system is broken

The Problem: Throughout history, technology, society, and the world around us has evolved rapidly to the technological world we know today. Look at a car from 20 years ago, now look at one today. Look at a phone from 20 years ago, now look at one from today. Now do this, look at a school from 20 years ago, and look at one from today, see any differences? Yeah, maybe there’s a smart board where the whiteboard once was, but give some significant changes. Try this, go back 200 years, now do the same, I bet that you still can’t name more than 10 significant changes. As time goes on, things evolve, they become better, they improve, they adapt. However school hasn’t done that, it’s stubborn, it’s been stuck in this same stage since creation. Schools haven’t adapted to the modern world, they aren’t prepared to teach the kids of today in a way they will comprehend and adhere to the information. Schools were made to prepare the child to grow up and work. When the educational system was created, it was made for the only real work there was, factory work, assembly lines, mindless drones doing the same thing repeatedly for their lives until they could no longer do it. In school we are taught to sit in rows, complete a list of tasks, and do the same thing repeatedly, day in day out, just as a factory worker would do. Maybe that was the way it worked back then, but that’s not the way the world works now. Today the world is run off of creativity, abstract ideas, and abnormal actions. The school system strips a child of their creativity, it takes away what makes them special, and it produces ready to work people like a machine, focused on quantity over quality. We students have 7 classes at most, all of which can and will give out homework. Now homework would be okay, however each class gives enough to occupy the student for the night, now multiply it by 7, or even 3. That’s right, even 3 classes giving out homework could keep a child up past midnight. Because each class acts as if it is the only one each student has. Homework would probably be easy enough with proper sleep, and even if it took a couple hours there would still be time to actually eat some food, but homework isn’t the only after school activity. Students are required to participate in after school clubs and other extracurricular activities for colleges. And even if they didn’t, WE ARE KIDS! We only have 18 years of childhood yet we spend it wasting away doing schoolwork, trying our best to balance home and school, along with other activities, all the while becoming more and more exhausted as the days grudge on. There is no creativity, there is no social life, there is no happy childhood, because in order to have a successful life, you need to be a perfect student from square one. You can’t make mistakes, oh no, then there goes your chance at doing what you want in life, because if you don’t do good in high school, colleges won’t accept you, not good ones. And if you don’t have a college degree of some significance, you can’t achieve the dreams you want to achieve, and that’s it, you’re stuck on the wrong path all because of that one test you accidentally fell asleep during because you were up studying the whole night before. Or maybe you do get perfect grades and achieve that goal, who are you going to share that with? Your books? That’s all you’ll have because god forbid you take a second away from school to have a social life. And just to add on to that, kids are actually getting depression, clinical depression because of the overwhelming work and schedule. Some have even considered suicide, I know a few myself as well as me who have, and some who still do think about it. On top of it all, we are all taught in the same way, with a set way of teaching, no adaptation to the individual needs of the student, if they don’t understand then they have to work twice as hard just because they’re being taught in a way that doesn’t make sense to them. The world is changing, and if the school system doesn’t change too, then this changing world of ours will die.

The solution:

- Better funding: stop spending all of the schools budget on a stupid football scoreboard when we have textbooks that are literally 20+ years old.
Addition of technology: better programs through the internet and more integration of technology into the educational system will greatly improve the way students learn.
- More abstract teaching methods: the way of teaching today only applies to some, but the ones who don’t understand it are in the minority, so they can’t speak out to change it, nor will they. I am one of those people, there needs to be a better way of teaching than standing at the front of the room, talking about some stupid war that happened 200 years ago in some small town that doesn’t even exist anymore. There must be a way to get us involved, rather than having us sit as someone drones on in a video for the hour long class.
- More room for creativity: students need less guidelines for assignments and overall rules. Yes, there are rules that are necessary, but students should be able to express themselves and figure out who they are and what kind of person they can be. They need to figure out what their passion is in order to live a happy and successful life.
- And finally, a helping hand: this can’t be done alone, we can’t change this by ourselves, and we certainly can’t grow alone. Humans are pack animals, despite what some may say about liking to be alone. With eachother we can grow and change the way we think, the way we learn, and the way we communicate. We can be happy and successful and efficient all at the same time. All that is needed is a helping hand.

 

There is more than one way to do things. Maybe the educational system we have had for so long had worked in the past, but it is beginning to fail now, and if something doesn’t change soon, it may crumble. The foundation of the future of the world lies within the walls of our schools, the people of the future. If we let this foundation fall to pieces, how will we be able to live with ourselves? Just think about it.

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